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Model opportunity

Prince of Peace Church’s fashion show raises funds and brings together families for fun.

Tyler Wood gets some lip gloss applied by her mom, Keri Wood, Shavertown, in the dressing room before a spring fashion show at Appletree Terrace Newberry Estate sponsored by Prince of Peace Church, Dallas.

CHARLOTTE BARTIZEK/ FOR THE TIMES LEADER

DALLAS -- On the day after her 7th birthday, Tyler Wood was sporting a beautiful flowered dress but had no butterflies in her tummy, even though she was about to walk the runway as a model for the first time.

“I’m excited,” the Shavertown first-grader said.

Wood was one of 15 first-time models showing off the latest fashions at the first Prince of Peace Step into Spring Fashion Show. Close to 100 people enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and desserts at Appletree Terrace at Newberry Estates while checking out the latest spring fashions from local stores.

“People are ready to forget about winter and look at some pretty clothes,” said event committee member Ann Russin. “We wanted to have a fundraiser that would appeal to a wide variety of people who could have a fun social afternoon with good food and good fellowship.”

The models were all church parishioners, including Beverly Cushner, Heather Hules and Michele Fagula, who spent the last moments before the event started helping each other choose shoes and figure out how to hide price tags on their accessories. All joked about how they offered to help with the show and somehow found themselves “volunteered” to model.

“At first I laughed and thought it was a joke,” said Cushner. “We’re all nervous and inexperienced, but we’re having fun trying things on, and we’re doing it for God and Prince of Peace.”

Despite their nerves, the models all seemed to be having fun on the stage, including Jack Barr, 5, who struck a surfing pose as he showed off a colorful bathing suit. Barr said he was modeling to help his mom, Abby Barr, who was also modeling “in case she gets scared.”

“I think the show is a really good thing,” said mom. “I think it’s going to give us a chance to show what our church is all about – family.”

The event was a family affair for many of the attendees, with many sharing the afternoon with mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts. Falls resident Kathy Hoffman brought daughter Cassie, 3, to her first fashion show.

“My friend is modeling, and I thought it would be a good outing for us together,” said Hoffman.

Exeter Township resident Annie Sonday was accompanied by her three nieces, Lara and Daria Whyne, ages 9 and 11, and Erica Kline, 14.

“I want to see something that goes, ‘Bam!’ and really stands out,” said Daria.

“It’s a girls’ day, definitely,” said Sonday. “I think it’s a unique fundraiser, and fun.”

Friends Debra Ganz and Martha Tilghman were enjoying the food and hoping to win one of more than a dozen gift baskets that were raffled off.

“We saw the ad and thought this would be a nice thing to do on a spring afternoon,” said Ganz.

The Rev. John Major, rector at Prince of Peace, called the event a success.

“This was a fun event not just for our parish community but for our neighbors and the larger community. The food was good, the models were near professional and the kids were outstanding,” said Major. “This really was a nice way to step into spring for our parish and for our larger community.

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